Emperor to Perform Daijosai Ceremony from Thurs. Evening


Tokyo, Nov. 14 (Jiji Press)--The "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, who assumed the throne on May 1, will be held in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday and Friday.

In the ceremony, Emperor Naruhito will offer newly harvested grain to the gods in prayer for good crops and peace in the country at the "Daijokyu," a set of some 30 temporary halls built at the gardens.

The Daijosai, a Shinto-linked ceremony held only once in an Emperor's reign, is regarded as the most important enthronement-related ceremony he performs.

On Thursday morning, the "Daijosai-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omike-Kyoshin-no-Gi" rite to notify the gods of the upcoming Daijosai ceremony was held at the Kashikodokoro Imperial sanctuary.

Grand Master of the Division of Rituals Yuichi Kusumoto conducted the prayer as a proxy for the Emperor. A similar ritual was later conducted at the Koreiden and Shinden sanctuaries.

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